Monday, October 5, 2015

Kukuionapeha Heiau

Kukuionapeha Heiau Kaimuki, before man, was a site of rocky land, red soil high in iron and largely covered by lava. In 1898, Kaimuki was still the barren, rocky and red-dirt land filled with panini, kiawe, and lantana. However, Lansing, a real estate agent, thought it was a great place to build a high class residential district. Initially, sales were slow. But in 1900, the Chinatown fire forced folks to find places for new homes and businesses – many came to Kaimuki. This eventually led to the construction of the Leʻahi Hospital (1901 - once called Honolulu Hospital for the Incurables.) This and other activity in the area destroyed and/or displaced the landscape. A heiau, Kukuionapeha Heiau (Napeha’s light or beacon) was in the vicinity.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015


Waikapū The island of Maui is comprised of 12-moku (districts,) that are made up of a number of ahupuaʻa. The moku of Wailuku makes up an area known as Nā Wai ʻEhā ("The Four Great Waters") – Waiheʻe River, Waiehu Stream, Wailuku (ʻĪao) Stream and Waikapū Stream. (Waikapū Stream is the only Nā Wai ‘Ehā stream that drains to the southern coast of Maui.) The fertile kalo terraces, complex system of irrigation ʻauwai (ditches) and abundant fresh water from this area sustained Hawaiian culture for 1,000-years. Due to abundant water and fertile lands, there was substantial settlement between the 300- and 600-foot elevation at Waikapū. By 1866, a letter published in the Hawaiian language newspaper Nūpepa Kūʻokoʻa lamented “the current condition of once cultivated taro patches being dried up by the foreigners, where they are now planting sugar cane”.

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Kalaniʻōpuʻu and Maui

Kalaniʻōpuʻu and Maui Kalaniʻōpuʻu was born about 1729, his brother was Keōua; his son was Kiwalaʻō; he was the grandfather of Keōpūolani. Kalaniʻōpuʻu, from the very beginning of his reign, made repeated attempts to conquer the neighboring island of Maui. He held portions of the Hāna district and the Kaʻuiki area in 1775. At the time of Captain Cook’s arrival (1778-1779), Kalaniʻōpuʻu was on the island of Maui. Kalaniʻōpuʻu returned to Hawaiʻi and met with Cook on January 26, 1779. Back on Maui, Kahekili asked "How can the fortress of Kaʻuiki become a level plain?" Later (1781,) Kahekili was able to regain possession of the Hana district and this marked the beginning of the disintegration of Kalaniʻōpuʻu’s kingdom.

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Friday, October 2, 2015


Mokumanu Demigod Maui is known for capturing the sun; in another story, Kuolokele, his grandfather, had Maui gather kī leaves, ʻieʻie vines and bird feathers. On the first day, from the bird feathers, ki leaves and ʻieʻie vines, Kuolokele made the body and wings of a bird – moku-manu (bird-ship.) On the second day, he finished the bird and tested it. It flew ­ the first flying-craft ever in Hawaiʻi. On the third day, "It is ready," the old man said. "Inside the bird you will find cords. With them you can flap its wings and make it fly. Also there is a bundle of food. Maui entered the body of the bird and started to fly.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

North Pacific Missionary Institute

North Pacific Missionary Institute On October 1, 1872, the Hawaiian Evangelical Association Theological School opened its doors for men interested in a life of Christian ministry. In 1877, Rev. Charles McEwen Hyde reorganized the school as the North Pacific Missionary Institute; Hyde served as Principal until 1883. In 1890, a new building was built to accommodate the seminary's students. Later John Leadingham became the Principal. The Hawaiian Board later redirected its efforts into the consolidation of Kawaiahaʻo Seminary, Mills Institute and the Japanese Boarding School into the Mid-Pacific Institute.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Johnny Naumu

Johnny Naumu The Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) was the first professional football team to play a regular season game in Los Angeles; John (Johnny) Punualii Naumu played on the team. Naumu, born September 30, 1919 (a McKinley High School graduate) played football for UH and US and went on to serve with the Hawaii Army National Guard He retired as a Colonel, receiving numerous ribbons and medals of honor. Naumu died September 23, 1982 of heart failure playing racquetball. (As an aside, while at UH, Naumu captured the novice handball title.) He is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Walter Murray Gibson Building

Walter Murray Gibson Building In 1834, King Kamehameha III organized the first police force in the Hawaiian Islands. This was only four years after the inception of London's first police force, and twelve years before that of any American city. In 1885, a site at Bethel and Merchant Streets was purchased and a brick Police Station constructed (it was built while Walter Murray Gibson was Premier and Minister of Interior.) In 1930, this building was demolished and a new one built; the new structure is known as the Walter Murray Gibson Building (it is a three-story (with basement) Mediterranean-style reinforced-concrete building.) The Police Department left the building in 1967, when they moved to the old Sears store in Pawaʻa. The Old Police Station, or Court Building as it was also known, continued to house the District Courts.

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